The body of a child who drowned in Swat River in Batkhela, Malakand three days earlier was found on Sunday.
According to police, Humayun, son of Roohullah, had accidentally slipped and fell into the river on Thursday. He was swept away by the heavy current and it took professional divers three days to find his remains. At least eight people have drowned in Swat River since May. Two of these victims were tourists visiting from Peshawar and Bannu to escape the blazing heat that has gripped the country.
Last month, two people drowned in Swat River in Khayali, Charsadda after which Section 144 was imposed on swimming and bathing in the river during the season. Every year, a large number of locals and tourists visit Swat River during the summer. Following tragic drowning incidents in the past, the relevant authorities decided to introduce a series of arrangements to guarantee the safety of visitors.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 13th, 2015.